Beyond Modernist Masters: Contemporary Architecture in Latin by Felipe Hernández

By Felipe Hernández

Latin the United States has been a big position for structure for lots of a long time. Masters like Barragán, Dieste, Lina Bo Bardi, and Niemeyer pointed the way in which for architectural layout around the globe, they usually proceed to take action this day. Their method of shades, fabrics, and partitions had a deep and lasting effect on architectural modernism. on account that then, despite the fact that and particularly within the final fifteen years structure at the continent has persisted to adapt, and a full of life and intensely artistic structure scene has constructed. The paintings of Latin American architects and town planners is usually guided by way of social matters, for instance, the method of casual settlements at the outskirts of huge towns, the shortage of housing and public house, the provision of cheap transportation, and the real function of cultural infrastructure comparable to faculties, libraries, and activities amenities as a catalyst for neighborhoods. inside this context, the e-book considers various initiatives that experience brought on dialogue and supplied clean impetus all throughout Latin the USA. awesome tasks just like the Santo Domingo Library in Medellin, Colombia, by means of Giancarlo Mazzanti; Alberto Kalach s Liceo Franco-Mexicano in Mexico; and the works of Alejandro Aravena in Chile exhibit that contemporary Latin American structure is greater than in a position to conserving its personal beside the works of the founders.

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Undevelop ed), wh ile the houses on the upp er level can grow to an area of 72 square met res. That way, when completed, th e Lo Espejo I SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE Alejand ro Aravena total area of both lower and up per level units would be similar to that of a middle-income residence, exceeding the average area In 2005 ELEMENTAL was co mmissioned by th e government of a low- income house by 18 and 36 square metres respe ctively. to design 30 houses in Lo Espejo , the poorest and most When the houses have grown to occupy all the vacant spaces, densely populated commune of Santiago 's metropolitan area, the blocks will have solidified , yet their image will not be approximately 12 kilometres south of the city centre.

The semi-elevated garden area is tions which articulate the different parts of the treatment plant. surrounded by an assortment of benches, an attraction that Embedded in the circulation network are small spaces sur- has proven to be irresistible to the high number of newspaper rounded by water and protected by dense vegetation. These readers . The square , however, is not flat. A modified topography secluded niches form a separate system of tranquil spaces in PARQUE DEL AGUA, BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA, LORENZO CASTRO.

1400 kilometres north of the capital Santiago . The project consists of 93 housing units in a deprived area south of the city The units are designed in such a way that residents can modify and extend their dwellings according to their own needs and their fluctuating income. centre . The site was occupied by the same people for whom the project was designed . However, the conditions in which they lived were unhealthy, unsafe and overcrowded. For that This approach to social housing introduces an important political variable to the design of buildings, one by which users are conceived as producers of their own habitable space.

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